Produce Application

Briarpatch Botanicals

Owner: Heather Cook

17835 SE Tickle Creek Rd
Boring, OR 97009
Clackamas County

Mailing Address:
38795 Pleasant St
Sandy, OR 97055

daytime phone: (503) 878-0955
evening phone: (971) 275-5957
Web site:

Application Date: 2018-09-05

Applicant Details

Please briefly tell us why you are applying to be part of the Certified Naturally Grown program: *
We love this program! We want folks to know what we are doing and what standards we hold our products to. We love that this program incorporates the health and improvement of the soil. We feel we are already doing everything that CNG wants and will help sell our produceto local restaurants, and other merchants more easily. And we really love that its farmer to farmer and not nearly as many hoops as Organic. We feel its the better option for us!!!
Are you currently third party Certified for your produce operation by any other organization (Organic, Biodynamic, etc)? *
Have you ever been certified in the past? *
Have you ever been denied certification? *
How did you hear about Certified Naturally Grown? *
have know about it for years

General Farm Information

Farm Acreage you want listed as Certified Naturally GrownTM:
Total Farm Acreage you actually GROW on: *
5 acres
Number of above acreage that you own: *
Number of above acreage that you lease: *
5 acres
Do you have other acreage in "Conventional" Agricultural Systems? *
General Listed Acreage Breakdown
Veg Crops:
Fruit Crops:
Other Acreage:
Please check all items you grow and will market as Certified Naturally GrownTM *

Please Specify Any Other Items:
Please check all markets you grow for (this will be displayed on your farm profile to help potential buyers find you). *

Please Specify Other Markets:
Produce boxes that are ordered ahead and pickup at Market or other drop off locations. Specialty ordered boxes and Wholesale

Farmland Management and Practices

Primary Tillage System: *
Low Tillage. Was in Raspberries 2017. Had to till those in. Cover cropped for 2017-2018 Winter/Spring and now using least amount of disc and rotovator, spring tooth, Want to buy/use seed drill and crimping. Bought A BCS.
Do you use Cover Crops? *
If yes, please list: *
8 or 12 way species grass and legume broadleaf mix
Do you use Compost? *
If yes, please note general sources (on farm, purchased complete, local grass clippings, local dairy, etc.): *
Dirt Huggers Organically Certified
Please list application rates. Give a specific amount or range (for example: one to two tons per acre, ten wheelbarrow loads per 1,000 square feet, or 1-2 inches deep). Do not answer "varies". *
14 yards on 1/2 acre
Do you use Manure? *
Please list any other brought in fertility sources that you use (specific rock powders, lime, soybean / alfalfa meal, specific purchased pre-mixes, etc)and how often it's used. If you indicate a name brand product, please also specify the ingredient/s. *
Greensand, lime, glacial rock dust, gypsum, basalt rock dust, mycorrhizal innoculants,
Have any chemical fertilizers been applied to the fields you are seeking Certification for in the last three years (36 months)? *
Have any non-acceptable pesticides and/or herbicides been applied to these fields in the last 3 years? *
If yes, then please specify type and most recent application date: *
unkown, likely pesticide, fungicides, most likely no herbicides
Do you use Professional Soil Testing services? *
Describe your primary weed problems AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual weed challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
THis year? Thistle, Queen Anne's lace, (Dandelion doesn't count in our book!),cat's tail, wild lettuce...We are reducing weed seed by low/no tillage in certain areas, using stale seed bed application with silage tarps, hand weeding, hoeing, cover cropping to encourage the things we want. We do have a chunk of bindweed in 2 fields that we are hand weeding now and going to let winter kill and then cover crop and or till, still not entirely sure how we will deal with it.
Describe your primary insect challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual pest challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Flea beetle in Spring, Aphids now. We are introducing variety. There are no brassicas for eons out there and so of course all the insects love the brassicas. We are making many perennial beds and borders, planting many different species that will permanantly be there to have homes for predatory inscets, homes and perches for birds, bats etc.
Describe your primary disease challenges AND methods of control. Do not answer "none". You MUST indicate either actual disease challenges and/or LIKELY challenges, and you must ALSO indicate how you manage (or would manage) them. If you indicate a product, also specify how often it's used. *
Powdery mildew in fall, we are trying worm casting and compost tea as foliar spray.But should have been applying this already to prevent it? But would likely reduce when our soil health is where is should be.
Please list the water source you use for crop irrigation. If source is public river, pond or lake, please note the name: *
private pond on the premises. We are thinking of installing a filtering system to mitigate contamination
Are there any known contaminants in the irrigation water? *
Are you a maple producer who seeks to certify your sugarbush? *

Seeds, Transplants and Buffers

How do you select your seeds? CNG standards call for growers to make a good faith effort to locate organically grown seeds by contacting at least 3 major suppliers. *
Do you purchase or grow using any Genetically Modified seeds? *
Do you use any chemically treated seeds in your operation? *
Do you grow your own transplants? *
Do you purchase potting soil, or do you mix your own on the farm? *
What ingredients does your potting mix contain? If you purchase a mix, please also indicate which product. *
Are all of your transplants grown according to CNG standards, without synthetic fertilizers or wetting agents? *
If any transplants are not grown according to CNG standards, please list them here. (If they all are, put "N/A".) This produce may not be marketed as Certified Naturally Grown. *
Do you purchase any transplants from outside sources? *
Chemical/Spray Drift and Buffers:
Is there any likelihood of Chemical/Spray drift contamination of your fields? *
If yes, please state the source (conventional farm field, golf course, etc.)and any details you can provide (type of pesticide, fertilizer, herbicide used, and/or what used for.) *
We lease 5 acres of a conventional berry farm, they are minimal with sprays but still use them at times, fungicides for root rot. Conventional fertilzers that are pelleted.
Do you have an adequate buffer to protect yourself from potential contamination? *
Please describe your buffer. Be as specific as possible. On all sides, how far is it from your crops to the next closest use (road, conventional crop, residential yard)? Be sure to specify what is grown on neighboring land that is in agricultural use. For example: To the north and east, a wooded area of at least 100 yards separates us from the neighbor's corn fields, to the south is a fallow field at least 100 yards deep separating us from the road, and to the west about 60 feet separates our crops from a field where conventional corn and soybeans are grown. *
There are roads on all sides of our acreage and we are installing trees and shrubs, cover crops to buffer more.


Please indicate your agreement with the following statements by checking the boxes.
I will not label, or in any way lead consumers to believe that produce not raised in accord with CNG standards is Certified Naturally GrownTM. *
I understand that I have to complete at least one (and hopefully more) Certification Inspection(s) of another farm in my area each year, and that the inspection will NOT be of the same farmer that inspected me. *
I have reviewed the Certified Naturally Grown certification standards, I understand them, and I will abide by them. I understand that if I have any questions I may contact CNG for clarification. *
You may use this space to tell us anything else you think we should know about your farm:
We can't wait to be part of this program!!! Thank You!!!